Bengals re-sign Brandon Tate

The Cincinnati Bengals have re-signed wide receiver Brandon Tate.

Tate, who was due to become an unrestricted free agent on Wednesday, has played the last five seasons for the Bengals, mostly as a return man.

“Brandon has made big plays to help us win games, and the consistency of his work ethic and his overall play is a big plus,” head coach Marvin Lewis said in a release. “We’re excited to have him back in the mix on both offense and special teams. He’s a player we’ve been able to count on every week.”

Tate became the franchise leader in punt returns (153) and punt return yards (1411) last season, averaging 9.2 yards per return. He averages 24.3 on 145 kickoff returns during his Bengals career.

As a receiver, Tate has 33 receptions for 469 yards and a three touchdowns, including a 55-yard TD last season vs. Kansas City.